05-16-2012, 12:08 AM
#1
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
Konsidering Kent

[attachment=2108]

IMO, the recent fanaticism for 2 band and density
are cause for Kent being overlooked.

Its true that Kent don't offer 2 band
and are not as dense as brushes offered by Simpsons or Rooney
and can appear floppy when compared to these manufacturers.
However, it is a misconception that on this basis a Kent will perform like a mop,
instead its been my experience
that Kents quickly provide volumes of rich lather equally well with either hard soaps or cream.
Further, the lather is permitted to flow easily
from brush to face unlike some of the denser brushes on the market
that seem to want to keep the lather for themselves.

Kents are fantastically soft and comfortable on the face
(making them super suited to those with sensitive skin)
and provide a wonderfully luxurious experience.
The handles are excellently comfortable to hold.
Kent boast the granting of Royal warrants for nine reigns
and their opulent packaging is further testament to their quality.

IMO that classy felt-lined red case hides an impressive brush
and it's just a matter of time before this gem is rediscovered
and rises in popularity again.

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 12:24 AM
#2
User Info
What are the knot dimentions on those brushes Ben?

7 1,179
Reply
 05-16-2012, 12:45 AM
#3
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
(05-16-2012, 12:24 AM)Dipesh Wrote: What are the knot dimentions on those brushes Ben?

Approximate measurements:
(I should probably invest in some digital callipers - I hear they can be found inexpensively on the bay...)

BK12
Handle height: 58mm
Knot width: 32mm
Knot height: 64mm

BK8
Handle height: 55mm
Knot width: 25mm
Knot height: 55mm

BK4
Handle height: 55mm
Knot width: 22mm
Knot height: 50mm

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 01:08 AM
#4
User Info
Thanks Ben. I've seen some of these in John Lewis (I'm not sure about the hair though) but they never appealed.

I'm a fan of scrubby brushes, just wondering what makes these be classed as 'floppy'? Is it density and/or hair grade? The lofts seem to be ok, for example the BK4 is only 1-2mm or so away from being something you get from a Simpson which will give you that scrubby feeling.

7 1,179
Reply
 05-16-2012, 01:25 AM
#5
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
(05-16-2012, 01:08 AM)Dipesh Wrote: Thanks Ben. I've seen some of these in John Lewis (I'm not sure about the hair though) but they never appealed.

I'm a fan of scrubby brushes, just wondering what makes these be classed as 'floppy'? Is it density and/or hair grade? The lofts seem to be ok, for example the BK4 is only 1-2mm or so away from being something you get from a Simpson which will give you that scrubby feeling.

They definitely aren't as scrubby or have as much back bone as Simpsons...

My LE Kents have extra stuffing that increases both.

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:07 AM
#6
  • Johnny
  • Super Moderator
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
User Info
I had a BK12 but it was just to large for me, so I sold it. I've often thought about trying a BK4.

I did not know Kent made any LE brushes. Care to share?

173 23,504
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:16 AM
#7
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
LE Kents...
[attachment=2123]

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:17 AM
#8
User Info
Johnny -

Kent made the LE brushes for B&B for several years. The 2008 LE was a really nice brush, and the 2009 LE (shown below) was also really good, though the handle polarized people.

[Image: IMG_5026.jpg]

I found both of them (2008 amd 2009) to be excellent brushes. They whipped up a lather quicker than most brushes, and they felt great on the face.

That said, I got rid of both - not enough scritch for me and I needed to make room in the stable.

37 1,731
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:24 AM
#9
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
I was going to add a description, but Yohann quite succinctly summed them up!

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:27 AM
#10
  • Johnny
  • Super Moderator
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
User Info
How large was that brush, knot and loft. I kind of like the looks of that.

173 23,504
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:31 AM
#11
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
The 2009 (butterscotch and ebony):

Knot: 23 x 46mm
Handle height: 59mm

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:33 AM
#12
User Info
I like the shape of the one in the middle best. That was the 2008 LE, correct? Any info on dimensions for that one? It looks to be about the same knot width but possibly a bit shorter loft.

31 7,912
Reply
 05-16-2012, 06:38 AM
#13
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
2008 imitation ivory

knot: 22 x 44mm
handle: 56mm

It features the "lip" around the base of the knot like Simpsons Tulip, M7 and GYLE. Functional too, in that it stops the lather moving down the handle.

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 07:02 AM
#14
User Info
As Ben noted - these knots (2008 and 2009) performed essentially the same. The 2008 handle was better, though. In fact, it's a really comfortable handle, and has the nice lip. Smile

They're no longer available retail, of course. The 2008 is much harder to find on the used market. Both sell in the $125-140 range - sometimes cheaper.

37 1,731
Reply
 05-16-2012, 07:09 AM
#15
User Info
(05-16-2012, 06:38 AM)ben74 Wrote: 2008 imitation ivory

knot: 22 x 44mm
handle: 56mm

It features the "lip" around the base of the knot like Simpsons Tulip, M7 and GYLE. Functional too, in that it stops the lather moving down the handle.

Thanks Ben. I find it interesting that my eye couldn't detect the 1mm width difference but could notice the 2mm loft difference. Hmm

31 7,912
Reply
 05-16-2012, 07:13 AM
#16
User Info
That 2008 LE is a lovely brush.

7 1,179
Reply
 05-16-2012, 07:15 AM
#17
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
(05-16-2012, 07:09 AM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-16-2012, 06:38 AM)ben74 Wrote: 2008 imitation ivory

knot: 22 x 44mm
handle: 56mm

It features the "lip" around the base of the knot like Simpsons Tulip, M7 and GYLE. Functional too, in that it stops the lather moving down the handle.

Thanks Ben. I find it interesting that my eye couldn't detect the 1mm width difference but could notice the 2mm loft difference. Hmm

Well... There's twice the difference! Tongue

91 17,823
Reply
 05-16-2012, 07:18 AM
#18
User Info
(05-16-2012, 07:09 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Thanks Ben. I find it interesting that my eye couldn't detect the 1mm width difference but could notice the 2mm loft difference. Hmm

Could be an optical illusion. The 2008 has a slightly shorter handle, making it hard to compare the lofts in that pic.

37 1,731
Reply
 05-16-2012, 08:13 AM
#19
  • Edson
  • Artisan Razor Restorer
  • Oregon
User Info
Sigh......

The Kent LE 08 is the only brush I ever regret selling. Would love to get my hands back on one again.

Beautiful brushes Ben!

11 185
Reply
 05-16-2012, 08:17 AM
#20
  • ben74
  • Administrator
  • Perth, Australia
User Info
(05-16-2012, 08:13 AM)Edson Wrote: Sigh......

The Kent LE 08 is the only brush I ever regret selling. Would love to get my hands back on one again.

Beautiful brushes Ben!

Thanks Joe. The LE 08 is definitely the best Kent brush I've ever used!

91 17,823
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)